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it as a storm relief event. >> if you have more canned goods, bring them along. >> you need fema and need support. >> fema is about to run out of money. how do you deal with something like that. >> take something from the federal government and send it back to the states. >> you need fema and you need support. >> and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> mitt romney can't show up on the east coast right now. he has to stay away. >> the president has been all over this. >> listen to your state and local officials. >> he deserves great credit. >> this storm is not yet over. >> the october surprise is here. >>> we begin tonight with the devastation from the massive storm called sandy. the death toll continues to rise. within the hour, it has gone from 43 deaths to 50 as a result of the storm. at least 23 of those deaths are in new york state, 18 here in new york city alone. president obama has declared disasters in 11 states, as well as washington, d.c. since sunday the worst of the damage is in new jersey and new york. the president is sch
. that's just a callousness. and also dovetails with romney's position on fema during the primaries where you're saying we don't need this, private companies can do it, states can do it. if you're out there saying -- giving the impression people handing out soup cans can solve a problem of this magnitude that's also a problem for you as well. >> i think that's right. underscores the point that a big storm actually requires some big government. you know, i think that's a very difficult position to be in for romney right now. >> and also the republican party, big government has been vilified in large part. talk about chris christie, first of all, christie has -- i don't think anybody here would want to shortchange the magnitude of the task at hand as far as new jersey and what they've seen in terms of damage and the victims in the state. but in terms of christie's almost zealous support for the the and his actions are you surprised by that? >> no. if you look at the poll numbers and see obama up 11 points in new jersey, it's math on christie's part. the government will be depended on for a
the fema mumbo jumbo. i got a call from fema at 2 a.m. the president has been all over this and he deserves great credit. i was on the phone with him yesterday three times personally. he gave me his number at the white house. told me to call him. and he absolutely means it. the president has been outstanding in this. so the folks at fema, craig fugate and his folks have been excellent. >> the president deserves great credit. he's been outstanding. a republican praising a democrat. but the powerful fact is this wasn't about politics. this was genuine thanks to a president focused on taking care of americans. president obama has canceled all campaign events through tomorrow to focus on hurricane sandy. today he went to the red cross headquarters, and devastated families were standing by. >> obviously, this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation. we certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been up-ended. most important message i have for them is that america's ready. we are standing behind you and we are going to do everything we can to help you get bac
plan. >> excellence. >> well executed. >> i thank you. >> a lot of criticism of fema back in katrina. today we hear nothing but good about fema. >> i thank craig would lives and breathes this stuff. >>neil: not so fast because all in rescueville is not so great. a lot of the folks they represent would like to kick them in the ass. this is the reality. welcome, everyone, not so happy friday. mr. president, you may want to wait on the "heck of a job" thing because rescue efforts have become heck of a joke for folks in the northeast fuming. because the help isn't coming. in gas. no power. no food. they have had it. >> restaurants and boats and homes are looted. >> the coast guard has not been here to help. >> come here and walk into the streets here. the water is this high. you have to wear the waders. >>neil: that is just on staten island. homes are swamps. motorists are stuck if -- in gas lines, four hours or more if you can find a place to fill in. two-thirds of gas stations even now in new york and new jersey remain shut down. out of juice. out of gas. thousands are fuming, out of p
was running trying to be severely conservatively that he would cut fema funding and send it back to the states and privatize it. this is why it's so important, because it illustrates the importance of government and illustrates the two fundamentally two different choices of the two candidates running for the highest office in land. >> chip, i think we have that sound from the debate. at the time governor romney was asked whether or not with fema and its financial problems if he would cut fema or eliminate fema, and he said it would be up to the states. chuck todd pointed out in a state like florida, fema is very pob lar as is the former governor of that state, jeb bush, because of the help and aid given to people as a result of fema. we know fema has been criticized the in the past, but in large part people need fema in these kinds of crises. when governor romney said at the time he would scrap fema, he mentioned privatizing the aid that would be given in a situation like that, is it fair that this comes up at this point? when would he do in a situation like this when he stated he would not su
quiet on his commitment to fema, but a campaign spokesperson released this statement, so good that we can hear from the campaign on this and not the candidate, right? "a romney/ryan administration will always ensure that disaster funding is there for those in need, period." period? vice president joe biden was campaigning also in the sunshine state today. president obama returns to the campaign trail tomorrow. he plans to barnstorm seven battleground states over the next several days. but today, we did not see politics in action. what we saw was government in action. people with authority to make decisions. chris christie is not the first person, i think, that you would think of when you come to the, you know, arena of bipartisan cooperation. he is a mitt romney supporter and a fierce opponent of many democratic issues. for whatever reason, we saw a different chris christie with president obama today. this is what cooperation looks like. when the american people need government to work, these two elected officials became leaders, and are in lockstep with each other. about time, isn't
. the president was great last night. he said he would get it done. at 2:00 a.m. i got a call from fema to answer a couple of final questions and he signed the declaration this morning. i have to give the president great credit, he's been on the phone with me three times in the last 24 hours and anything that i've asked for he's gotten to me. i thank the president publicly for that. he's done as far as i'm concerned a great job for new jersey. >> new york city mayor michael bloomberg last night canceled tomorrow's new york city marathon after the critics said the resources were needed elsewhere, after i tweeted about it. i can't help but think that pushed him over the edge. he said it should not detract attention from the storm recovery and he made news on thursday when he endorsed barack obama for president saying that sandy brought the stakes of tuesday's election into sharp relief. i thought what happened this week and the interactions between the president and chris christy and michael bloomberg are really interesting. i thought the way we think about politics and disaster was brought into re
hearing a lot about fema and mitt romney's position on fema. yesterday he dodged a lot of questions about it in ohio. >> reporter: yeah, and the obama campaign and other democrats are pointing to comments romney made way back in june of 2011 at a cnn republican presidential debate. take a listen. >> fema is about to run out of money and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people say the state should take on a bigger role. how do you deal with that? >> every time you take something from the federal government you need to send it back to the states. that's the right direction. you can go further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. >> reporter: john king at that debate back in 2011. yesterday mitt romney at a campaign event converted to a disaster relief event in ohio and was asked by reporters a number of times about what he would do with fema. take a listen to what he said. >> reporter: governor, would you eliminate fema if you were president? >> reporter: what would you do with fema? >> you can see he didn't say much to those questi
around the country. i we have a discussion about fema and also one about u.s. foreign policy in asia. >> we don't have the highest mountains or a disney world. what we have is a great state. this is a sugar maple in for a hard rock maple. the average is 2%. what we do to start the season is drill hole to win the tree about an inch deep. this tree here in 2012, right here you see that you can't get the sprout. that means that that tree is healthy. the scar tissue below and there is scar tissue above -- so it won't run the sap at this point. semester we will go for the other side of the tree. we will do this in 2011 in 2010. you might think that we are hurting the truth, but we can assure that the trees have been tapped 100 years in a row and they are still producing. >> more from vermont tv this weekend. as booktv and c-span's local content vehicles look behind-the-scenes at the history and literary life of the vermont state capitol, montpelier, vermont, on booktv and c-span2. sunday at 5:00 p.m. on american history tv on c-span3. hurricane sandy is now believed to be one of the costl
are. you hear, don't pol itisize thi. i want to listen to candidate romney talking about fema during a presidential debate. this is the key moment we all want to here. new studio. we don't have it this morning. i will read a bit of it. when he was asked about fema, mr. romney said absolutely every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the state, that's the right direction. you can go further and send it back to the private sector. that's better. he talks about taking fema and divesting it into the states. yet, this week, i think that statement is many could go back to haunt him. is this more than anything a teachable moment for mitt romney? >> storms bring the best and the worst out in america. they both seem to show up during a natural disaster. a natural disaster is one that crosses a couple of states. i lived through hurricane hugo in 1989 and watched the politics of a hurricane. we were out of power. my business was down. for politicians, they have to be very careful. it can make or break a political career. this is where the
jersey before the storm even hit. they were able to get here quick. national guard was here, fema was here. they were all working with local authorities and able to do it smoothly. they stopped search and rescue efforts for tonight. they have gotten all of the elderly and handicap out of the area. they will do it if there are emergency situations. they are not sure how many people are left in the the houses. we spoke to some people who said they were going to stay regardless. they didn't feel like it was much of a threat. the high tide though comes in at midnight tonight and they are concerned about getting another four feet of water. it's receded a lot. we can show you what it looks like here. you can hear the sounds of the activity here and the generators and the sirens every once in awhile. we have a hard time conveying what it smells like. there's a lot of gasoline, a lot of sewage. you don't want to imagine what's in all this water right now. >> everybody needs to take that high tide seriously as we know that's one of the things leaders are saying is to think this is necessar
? >> well, we were on the phone twice today, as a matter of fact, with fema and also with the president directly and his staff and they have assured us that the full weight of the government in terms of their resources, is at our beckoning and certainly once we have had an opportunity to do a full assessment with respect to our needs we will be calling the federal government and asking for those resources. >> you had quite a dust-up with the governor of your state, chris christie. he basically accused you of ignoring state-issued evacuation orders, criticizing you for telling people to take shelter in place as a last resort. what do you make of that? earlier, you said governor christie should call you and be man enough to own up to what you said is his mischaracterization of what you'd advised residents. have you heard anything from him? >> i have not. i expect at some point tomorrow our paths will cross. listen, what's important is to make shoor that aure that all o governor, the mayor, and every elected official, make sure we keep what's really important first and foremost, and that's
better than anybody about fema and about the red cross. is he going to tell us about that at the bottom of the hour. in the meantime three days before we do the final voting, election day just three days away, the candidates are out in the battleground states. we're going to talk about that one thing that the obama campaign has not talked about, even though members of fox news team have tried to get him on the record, mr. president, what did you know about what happened in benghazi, libya on september the 11th, 2012? people aren't asking that. we're asking. we're not getting any answers. but today we have got another smoking gun because the white house before had said, you know, we didn't really have any real warnings of trouble there another smoking gun. more warnings. >> gretchen: apparently they even talked to suspending operations completely at the consulate. you know there were two locations in benghazi. hut consulate and then you had the cia operation house which people, i guess, didn't know was a cia operation house which is about a mile away. and they were talking and in the day
for the president>> steve: we saw the president at fema yesterday and if he goes out on the stump latter today and attack romney and starts talking about binders and big bird and stuff that. while tens of millions of people are in harmy way that doesn't look presidential. >> i think he will look presidential. it will be a big moment for the president not only for him but our government and fema to be on the main stage. it is it an opportunity for surrogates to mentioned that romney would eliminate fema. the conventional wisdom. low turn out will help romney and obama voters need more motivation to get to the polls times but the reality is we don't know. >> we aren't talk being benghazi and talking about unemployment and the incrose in stod stamps . we are talking about a hurricane. this helps president obama. >> gretchen: and that helps the president, anthony and so what does romney do as everybody is talking about sandy? >> he's doing it. campaign bus is moving people and talking to people and showing leadership and showing change. but it is it difficult to get his message out because it is e
that effort. let me go to david connorn. it seems to me that fema, there was a judgment made way back when in the '70s that government needs to be united. one focus by one man or woman, this guy, fugate's got to be good. you need like a baseball team, you need a manager, somebody to call the shots. >> and we see with more extreme weather happening in the last few years, it's more necessary to have a national, federalized approach, particularly in the planning and in the research, and tracking storms. that can't be done by 50 different states. i thought the president today was very smart when he spoke up in new jersey with governor christie. he thanked the congressional delegate for voting for fema funds. something that, of course, mitt romney -- >> well, anybody -- here's where it happens. the president this morning toured that devastation down in jersey with governor chris christie. afterwards, they had some kind words for each other. let's watch. >> pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things while we were in the car riding together. so i want
. sir, even though before the storm's full force had hit had, you had appealed to fema to send crews equipped to remove downed trees, try to help restore power lines as quickly as possible. how is fema responding? >> i visited with fema yet at the federal staging area. i will say initially i was somewhat concerned because there were some forest service assets on the ground. they obviously were involved in a search and rescue mission. that's critically important. as the search and rescue mission begins to wind down, i had emphasized the need for the forest service to get on the streets. you cannot drive anywhere on long island or virtually anywhere on long island without having to detour because there is a tree blocking the way and a tree that has brought power lines down with it. so i'd asked fema to ratchet up their response to help with the removal of downed trees. about an hour later, i must say, i received word from fema that they had asked the national forest service to not only deploy assets but deploy additional assets. there are about 40 forest service personnel on long islan
but john mccain's appearance was scrapped. in a debate last year, romney was asked about cutting fema's budget and did not rule it out. he ignored reporters' questions about it today. romney political director has a memo suggest hag romney surge put pennsylvania in play and the president is on defense saying the expansion of the electoral map demonstrates that governor romney's momentum jumped containment from the usual target states and spread to deeper blue states that chicago never anticipated defending. paul ryan was in his home state of wisconsin to encourage relief efforts of campaign victory offices. the native son popularity helped him surge in 2.3 points of the president in real clear politics average of recent wisconsin polls. thursday he will visit virginia where the top ally is dealing with the clean-up. >> we are issuing a letter today to all the voting registrar office around the state. asking them to stay open for up to eight additional hours to make up for the time. that a citizen may not have had to vote absentee. over the last two days. >> i don't think the damage ha
by fema officials working to coordinate the government's response to the storm. >> this is a serious and big storm. >> reporter: sandy has turned campaign schedules upside down especially as senator mark warner said in his home state of virginia. >> this storm will cause a little bit of havoc. i was supposed to meet with the president and president clinton on monday. that rally has been cancelled. >> reporter: the latest poll shows virginia a dead heat, an important state for romney. he cancelled three campaign events in the state and is expected in ohio today with paul ryan. >> today when we get home put in the prayers the people in the east coast in the wake of this big storm that's coming. >> reporter: ohio is another must-win state. a poll has the race tied 49-49%. >> i know they are chanting four more years but we're chanting all over this country nine more days. >> reporter: on cnn senior obama advisory david axelrod was asked how the storm would impact the race. >> we have to focus on how to help people during the storm and hope it clears out and that by the next weekend we'll
that were more wealthy in new york city? >> absolutely not. we brought everybody in. there's been fema task forces that have been assigned here now. you know, assisting us with the searches. >> we are in the community talking to the residents that's been affected. we're urging everybody to register with fema. >> i never planned to leave here. i thought i was going to stay here the rest of my life. >> reporter: phyllis didn't lose any members of her family, but she did lose virtually everything else. >> i want to go home, but there's no home! i can't go home! that's killing me. it's breaking my heart. i want to go home to my house. >> reporter: at 62 and a grandmother, she is trying to find traces of her life. >> this is the only wedding photograph of my mom. >> reporter: a moment of joy as the water on staten island recedes among wide desperation and grief. >> ann curry reporting from staten island, just a few miles from where we are here in manhattan. tonight, the networks of nbc universal joining forces to air a one-hour live benefit concert. it starts at 8:00 eastern time. it will be hos
and strong winds ripped the homes off of foundation and there are bodies in the water and have you seen fema out there? anais live this morning. >> good morning to you steve. we are in staten island and you can see hurricane sandy's storm surge pop the boats up and put them on cars and toppled street lights and now they are blocking . debris in the folks lawns. aid has been super slow to come. hundreds of people are still in shelters and once those close, they will not have anywhere to go. >> 42 years, i had my home, and that monster -- it took it the >> i have no where to go and i don't have clothes. all of the clothes that i have on they gave it to me in the center. >> sad story to support a mother surviving after sons brandon and sucked from her home. their suv had stall they were trying to get help. the little boy's bodies found 100 feet from her yesterday in the marsh. brandon and colin two of the 19 victims in staten ooh land and 14 victims in the five bureaus. police are stressing that death tollcould go up. homeland security secretary janet napolitano plans on surveying the area toda
. plus, there is this thing, the president showed up in new jersey with the guy who runs fema. fema is the operation that runs the federal flood insurance program. a lot of people down along the jersey shore and long island as well, they have insurance for flooding through federal government. there could be tens of billions of dollars worth of damage and tens of billions of dollars worth of claims. but did you realize this? right now in the kitty of that particular flood program, they've got $3.8 billion. a lot of it is in loans and they still owe $18 billion from katrina. >> peter: what will be necessary, unfortunately it appears, is that there needs to be congressional authorization, that the president would have to go back to the congress and get additional money to fund the program going forward. we know that with regard to katrina, it cost about $3.8 billion. irene, $1.8 billion. we don't understand what this is going to be costing. maybe as great as katrina at this point. >> steve: absolutely. >> gretchen: there is an argument about federal versus state. some said the states s
. fema is flying in food, supplies, and personnel. >> we're all in this together. we are desperately trying to help everybody. we're trying to prioritize. >> across the river in hoboken, new jersey, national guard rescues continue. up and down the devastated jersey shore, natural gas service being cut with utility crews scrambling to plug hundreds of explosive leaks. on new york city, staten island, all the worst that sandy brought is all coming home. >> total, total devastation. i live a mile from the beach. how did that water get to my house? >> and there has not been as much attention on staten island as there should have been. so much heart ache out there. the 88 people who lost their lives in the storm, 13 in the city. two were young boys, brothers who might have survived. that's what their mom says. if her story bears out, it wouldn't have taken a miracle either. just a neighbor doing the right thing. gary tuckman has their story. >> reporter: a ford explore er on the side of the street in the staten island, new york. the car seats remain where two little boys, brandon and conn
of the president -- and gentlemen, you can all take a look, as well as folks at home. president obama went to fema and washington, d.c. this morning. and this is what he had to say regarding the response to sandy. let's play it. >> leaders of different political parties working together to fix what is broken. [ applause ] now it's a spirit that says no matter how bad a storm is, no matter how tough times are, we're all in this together. we rise or fall as one nation and as one people. >> if we can pull up the marist poll, the nbc "wall street journal," the president's response to sandy. 73% approve in ohio. 70% out of florida. marc caputo, let me bring you in because 70% of the people in the home state of yours approve of his handling. will that have an impact on perhaps not early voter, but on tuesday those who look back and may have heard comments from the republican primary that were made by governor romney regarding fema. we know fema is still popular in that state for the obvious reasons. >> i think it would. florida is a big state. we're a tv state. our electorate makes its decisions largely
to face the most immediate threats with the storm surge. >> and what's the biggest challenge for fema? >> i think again, we talk about fema, we've got to remember we're back in the governor's -- their teams, they've called out the national guard. we've got a lot of first responders and volunteers. i think the biggest challenge is going to be not knowing exactly where the heaviest hit areas are going to be and the fact the storm's going to take several days to move through the area with heavy rain and wind. so that's going to slow down recovery activities like crews getting out and putting power back up. >> you already mention please evacuate if you're in one of the areas that could be affected. what should people watching know about preparing? >> i think if you haven't gotten ready, your window is closing along the coast. there's still time inland. but i think the bigs thing is to stay off the roads. stay safe. we've seen people losing their lives going out when they didn't need to be out there. if you're somewhere safe, stay there during the storm. if you're not, get
the president on this. let me play what's getting traction. mayor bloomberg regarding fema assistance for new york. let me play it. >> president obama asked craig fugate from fema to call and ask if we needed help. i assured him, i think, we had everything under control and appreciate the effort. >> saturday, i think i have everything under control. he actually passed on having the president with him in noshg and then, book, this surprise endorsement saying that the role of government is all the more glaring to him now after hurricane sandy. what do you make? >> i don't think that those things are necessarily inconsistent, but there's no question it's a surprise. will it move actual votes where neither candidate is speaking votes, maybe not. the surprise factor on the heel of govern orp christie bear hug not an endorsement of course his elm brags of president obama in the wake was storm is nothing bullet good news. >> also the notion that business men stick together. we have a very wealthy leader of new york city that could have went the side of governor romney, but chose to go a different di
why. i get it he wants to see the damage. please come can go and sign the check to help fema to sign over the money . chris christie was on saying that we have gotten acess to the funs we are going to need. i am not sure what touring the sight. >> steve: it is smart politics for the president. there is chris christie helping the people on the jersey shore. it is essentially politically if you talk about it he is coopting one of rom romm's visible surrogate and it is good for chris christie his state will go for barack obama example it is a win, win as the campaign starts today. chris christie was out and shook a lot of hand and a lot of people were waiting to see him there and there he was. watch this. >> you have to see the people that are affected by this. they need to see us. me, and the mayor and others who are going to be the folks to lead them back and rebuild this. there is no retreating from this. we'll assess the damage and rebuild. that's the way it is in new jersey. chris christy said the damage to the injuriesy shore was unspeakable. >> gretchen: in the meantime peter doo
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